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Rio Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Activist Marielle Franco

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Public Prosecutor's Office and the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police announced Tuesday morning that two suspects of killing councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, were arrested two days before the murders observe their one-year anniversary.

Police have identified the two suspects in custody as Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer and Elcio Vieira de Queiroz, expelled from the Military Police.

“The arrests of Marielle (Franco) and Anderson's (Gomes) executioners are important and overdue,” said Franco’s colleague, state legislator Marcelo Freixo during . . .

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